The Clauzel family does not disappoint with the 2015! This wine is a blend of organically-farmed 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, planted on sand and gravel soils. Fermented with native yeasts and aged for about 15 months in barrel. The robe is a deep ruby hue. The nose offers elegant aromas of black raspberry, cassis, violets, a touch of leather, and loamy soil. The mid-weight palate has good concentration and lift, with ripe black fruit character, and fine-grained tannins carrying over on a long, succulent, layered finish. This displays none of the roasted notes of the somewhat torrid vintage and is deeply satisfying, classic St. Emilion. Delicious now, but possesses the balance to bode well for mid-term aging (say 7-10 ten years). This should pair beautifully with roast lamb, hanger steak, or duck confit, though it wouldn't be out of place with tagine or mushroom risotto. La Grave Figeac continues to impress with their well-priced, organic St Emilion. John McIlwain
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